A new year comes with exciting new models and updates. Check out what BMW has to offer in 2014:
M5: Production of the 2014 M5 began in July 2013, bringing with it a new Competition package that includes a 15-hp increase, 20-inch wheels, suspension tweaks, refined steering, and a sport exhaust. New LED taillights and a revised steering wheel and grille round out the M5’s updates.
M6: Available in coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe body styles, the 2014 M6 is available in manual six-speed as a no-cost alternative to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A Competition package similar to the M5’s is now available.
X5: New for 2014, the latest X5 arrives with a choice of two gasoline engines: a 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 445 horsepower. Both are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is available with the six-cylinder. A diesel-powered X5 will arrive in 2014, and an M version should follow soon after.
2-Series: This replacement for the 1-series coupe and convertible arrives at Kuni BMW later this month, at least in coupe form. The convertible ought to follow by the fall. This all new model is a larger body than the 1-series with similar engine options to a 3-series.
3-Series: A station wagon returns to the 3-series lineup. It is offered with the turbocharged four- and six-cylinder gas engines of the 3-series sedan and comes standard with four-wheel drive. A new 180-hp, 280-lb-ft 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel is new to the sedan and wagon lineups. The 3-series GT hatchback, an early 2014 model, carries on unchanged. The M3 is on hiatus until it returns as both a sedan (M3) and a coupe (M4) in the fall of 2014.
4-Series: Replacing the 3-series coupe, the 4-series comes packing either the four- or six-cylinder turbo engines from the 3-series lineup. The 4-series is lower, longer, and wider than its 3-series predecessor, yet is reportedly 100 pounds lighter. Cabriolet and Gran Coupe versions are sure bets.
5-Series: A 255-hp, six-cylinder turbo-diesel joins the lineup, powering the new 535d. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 in the 550i and 550i xDrive gets a 45-hp boost to 445. The five-door GT, now available as a rear-driver, gets the updated gas engines.
6-Series: The 2014 6-series models began hitting showrooms in June 2013, including 640i versions of the convertible, coupe, and Gran Coupe. Four-wheel drive is available on all three 6-series body configurations, as is an M Sport Edition.
i-Series: The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW’s mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker. The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose built electric car. It’s a new era for electro mobility at BMW. Look for it at Kuni this spring.
Minor trim changes: X3, X6, Z4, 7-series
Unchanged: X1, X6 M
Retired for 2014: M3, 1-series
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When people think about the BMW brand, they don’t think about it as a collection of vehicles. Rather, BMW represents a spirit that values quality, attention to detail, and a rich history. The BMW Spirit is captured perfectly in this episode of Cars I See, in which David Duran showcases his classic 1987 BMW 325i, explaining that to him, it is more than just a car.
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Brief History of BMW M3 and the M3 today
The very first BMW M–the legendary M!–shot straight to the top in 1978 as one of the fastest German road-going sports cars. And once BMW M tasted success, they never wanted to give it up. Today, the M3 is one of the fastest street legal BMWs on the planet.
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Brief History of BMW M5 & M6
The M cars, short for “Motorsport” or M-Technik, were initially designed for BMW racing in the 1960s and 1970s. BMW vehicles sold to the public started to be available with the M badge, denoting a higher trim model that included increased engine performance, enhanced suspension and aerodynamics plus interior and exterior modifications. The first M badged BMW for the public was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1978. At first, the M badged cars were more suitable for the racetrack than for the casual driver, but as time went on, they evolved into higher performance versions of the 3,5, and 6 series models.